ASN Aircraft accident Swearingen SA226-AT Merlin IV N960M Southern Pines-Pinehurst Airport, NC (SOP)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Monday 14 April 1975
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA226-AT Merlin IV
Operator:Magnavox Corporation
Registration: N960M
MSN: AT-005
First flight: 1972
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1 km (0.6 mls) SW of Southern Pines-Pinehurst Airport, NC (SOP) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Flushing Airport, NY, United States of America
Destination airport:Southern Pines-Pinehurst Airport, NC (SOP/KSOP), United States of America
The Merlin IV hit trees half a mile short of runway 05. The pilot attempted a visual approach; patches of fog were present in the area.

Probable Cause:

pilot in command - spatial disorientation
weather - low ceiling
weather - rain
weather - fog
weather briefing - briefing received-method unknown



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